'''Henry James''', Order of Merit|OM
( – ) was an American author, who largely relocated to Europe as a young man and acquired British citizenship near the end of his life. James is regarded as a key transitional figure between literary realism
and literary modernism
, and is considered by many to be among the greatest novelists in the English language. He was the son of Henry James, Sr.
and the brother of renowned philosopher and psychologist William James
and diarist Alice James
He is best known for a number of novels dealing with the social and marital interplay between emigre Americans, English people, and continental Europeans – examples of such novels include Portrait of a Lady
, The Ambassadors
, and The Wings of the Dove
. His later works were increasingly experimental. In describing the internal states of mind and social dynamics of his characters, James often made use of a personal style in which ambiguous...